Kevin Reynolds back in the directors chair collaborating with long time leading man Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton on this 1800’s family feud is nothing short of a winner. The History Channel ran this 3 part mini-series in the U.S. from May 28, 2012 and it became the highest rating mini-series of all time for them. It’s easy to see why – It is sensational.
The basic synopsis (The History Channel) A clash of clans that evoked great passion, vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, which changed the families and the history of the region forever. The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy. Close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, they return to their neighboring homes – Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky – to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between the families. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War.
This costume drama is beautifully produced, the performances are all top notch (Costner is particularly on fire here – he is so good in these roles) and this is the most assured directorial work Reynolds has ever done. It’s meaty, funny, intense, violent and paranoid – all the things you need to make great television.
HATFIELDS & McCOYS has no official air date in AUSTRALIA as yet but I’ll be sure to let you know once I find out!